Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich on Vacation (Three weeks)
(USA) Star Time July 67: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, & Tich – 25 Fun-Filled Facts!
Goofy gab ‘n info on the zaniest of guys around! All past, present ‘n future stuff – now!
When you say, “Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich,” you’ve said a mouthful. And if you knew in advance what we’re going to tell you in three seconds, you’d know a whole life-full Twenty-five fun-filled facts – count ‘em – read ‘em!
Group Gossip and Gab
Dave Dee might qualify for the Most-Rescued-By-Police Award of the year. No matter where he goes, or what he does, he causes a riot – and has to be dragged out of the middle of it every time!
Hush Hush Desires and Life Stories of Your Favorite Stars
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich – whose hush-hush desire is to play a really wild practical joke on their manager. He knows the boys so well that he never falls for their antics. But one of these days they’re hoping to fool him! 6-footer Dave Dee was born Dec. 17, 1943. He weighs in at 166 lbs. Dozy, who is one inch shorter than Dave, weighs 147 lbs., and arrived in this world on November 27th, 1944. Mick was born on March 4th, 1944 and is an even 6’ tall. Tich, who is 5’8” tall and weighs 140 lbs., was born on May 15, 1944. Write to them at Fontana Records, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, Ill.
The Truth About The Troggs
Peter Staples (rhythm guitar) is a former electrician, Ronnie Bullis (drums) was a carpenter, Reg Presley (bass) was a bricklayer and Christopher Britton (lead guitar) was a photo camera operator.
The Troggs – whose hush-hush desire is to design all their own clothes, say that it actually saves them money and it’s a lot of fun.
Beat Instrumental n°51: Everly’s Revival
Steve Rowlands, Dave Dee’s A & R man, tries for success in his own right with the Everlys’ “So Sad”. While he was in the studio the publisher of the song Nick Firth came in with an American gentleman. Being friends they exchanged greetings and Nick asked what Steve was recording. “‘So Sad’, The Everlys number;’ said Steve, “we’re going to knock the stuffing out of their version”. Nick Firth smiled, and, turning towards the American gent he had brought with him said to Steve, “That’s interesting, perhaps you’d like to meet Mr. Wesley Rose, he produced the Everlys session”. But there were no hard feelings and the session turned out O.K. Whether or not Steve’s version surpasses the Everlys you can judge for yourself, it came out on 23rd June.
July 1967 ?
Single release: Lynn Holland – May God Help You And Protect You (Eli, Eli) (Polydor 56.187)
This Howard Blaikley song is backed with her version of “Hava Nagila” (Come And Love) which was also part of Dave Dee & The Bostons’ repertoire…
July 1967 ?
German single release: Ken Howard – Sowas läuft frei herum [I'm On The Up] (Telefunken U 55971)
The singer is not the songwriter of all Dave Dee & Co. hits, but Hartmut ‘Kuli’ Kulka, ex-member of The German Blue Flames singing the German version of “I’m On The Up” backed by Gaslight Union (aka British group The Governors who used to play with Casey Jones)
Melody Maker: Blind Date – Tich Of Dave Dee & Co.
JOHN WALKER: “Annabella” (Philips)
What’s the label? Sounds a bit like Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees. I quite like it, but I don’t know if it’s commercial enough to be a hit. Is it John Maus Walker? I wouldn’t have guessed. I hope it’s a hit because I dig him. It’s got a good intro.
BACHELORS: “Marta” (Decca)
It’s the B-B-B-Bachelors. I think it’s very much in the same style as the others they’ve done. I may be a bit square, but I like the Bachelors. One of them – I don’t know which one – has a very high voice. I quite enjoy listening to them, but I don’t think this will be a hit. It’s too much in the same vein as the others.
ACTION: “Shadows And Reflections” (Parlophone)
Ah! I’m trying to think of the name of this. I’ve heard it before. Quite a bouncy tune. Can’t say who it is – are they American? It’s a well-done song but I wouldn’t like to say it’ll be a hit – or it won’t be a hit. I’m lying dormant on this one.
ROY ORBISON: “Cry Softly Lonely One” (London)
Oh, Roy Orbison. Sounds a bit like “Only The Lonely.” I hope it’s a hit because I like Roy Orbison very very much. It’s time he had another hit and I hope this is one. I think it will – but not a very big one. He’s done a lot better.
STEVE ROWLAND: “I See Red” (Fontana)
I’m thinking hard. It’s not the Herd, is it? I like the guitar. That’s about all I do like. I haven’t a clue – who is it? Oh. Oh! Good old Steve. I should have known – it sounded like a Ken Howard-Alan Blaikley composition. I wish him luck.
[N.B.: “I See Red” is the flip side to the “So Sad” single mentioned above]
DIONNE WARWICK: “Alfie” (Pye International)
Dionne Warwick – it must be! Fabulous. I only have to hear the first few bars to know it’s great. She’s one of the few girl singers I really like. But I don’t think this will be a hit the second time around. I can’t see it. It was such a big one for Cilla.
SANDY POSEY: “I Take It Back” (MGM)
Is it Sandy Posey? Yes, I quite like it. I do, definitely, I do. If it gets enough plugs, it’ll be a hit. I don’t like it as much as her other hit, but she’s got something about her voice. She’s like Brenda Lee – that sort of girl singer. I like it very much.
PAUL AND BARRY RYAN: “Claire” (Decca)
Not Paul and Barry Ryan, is it? I’ve heard it a few times on the radio. I quite like it and I hope it will be a hit. I think it’s one of the best records, soundwise, they’ve done. The voices and backing fit and I think slower numbers suit them more than faster ones.
CHRIS FARLOWE: “Moanin’” (Immediate)
It sounds like Chris Farlowe, but I’m not too sure. I like this. It’s weird, very weird. A very good intro. If It gets a lot of plays, it will be a big hit for him. I like the way it mixes Indian sitar influences with a big band thing. The two together are great. It should be a hit. Chris Farlowe is fabulous.
JOHN CLEESE WITH THE 1948 SHOW CHOIR: ” The Ferret Song” (Pye)
I can’t remember where I’ve heard this before. I like it. We always need a good comedy single. This could be another number like the Dubliners “Seven Drunken Nights” – a novelty number that could well get into the chart. It’s what the chart needs. A hit.
(USA) KRLA BEAT Volume 3, Number 8, July 1, 1967:
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: ‘America’s Great, But Oh Those Hot Dogs!’ By Rochelle Reed
Riding in a limousine is really quite nice, especially when it isn’t an everyday occasion.
Photographer Ed Caraeff and I had a ball ignoring people who kept looking in to see who we were – when actually we were on the verge of blowing our cool by yelling, “Hey, this is fun!”
Our chauffer, the perfect stereotype in his special cap, was prepared for pop groups, he said, as in the past week he had driven the Monkees, Twiggy (who was upset because everyone mistook her for Mia Farrow) and the Electric Prunes.
Breezing down the freeways and gliding into ‘No Parking’ zones, we kept busy practicing the tongue-twisting name of the group we were about the meet – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
It had been almost a month since they left England for the “down under” countries of Australia and New Zealand. They spent one day in Honolulu getting vividly sunburned but otherwise, this two-hour Los Angeles lay-over was their first taste of America.
The group swarmed into the airport VIP room, where we were camped with cokes, lemonade and peanuts, fiddling with the tape recorder and camera.
“Oh, ‘ello!” they called, grabbing a waitress, dropping their luggage and plopping down on the couch.
“So this is America!”
Dave Dee, leader of the group, dominates the five with sheer wordage – he never stops talking.
“It’s a good thing, really,” he began, “being unknown in the States. You get into a rut otherwise. Like Australia, the kids had never seen us, but then they heard “Bend It” and they were interested.”
DDDBM&T as some people call them, reached the ranks of the huge in England, placing six of their discs in the Top 10. They have also had the distinction of having one non-sensical song, “Bend It,” banned in places like South Africa and Biloxi, Miss.
Finally, DDBM&T’s allotted two hours were up. Their manager came in with a snack – American hot dogs. There was only one problem: he didn’t know mustard or relish belonged on them, and consequently DDDBM&T ate their first hot dog very dry.
“Yeeech!” was their general opinion.
Grabbing luggage, coats, plane tickets and what-have-you, the five charming Englishmen yelled a quick
“Goodbye, see you soon.” Beaky stopped to quickly jot down two words for BEAT readers on my shorthand tablet: “Love, Beaky.”
As Ed, our photographer, summed up: “It was quite an experience!”
KRLA Beat is archived online here: Sakionline
(USA) Billboard Chart entry: Vanilla Fudge – You Keep Me Hangin’ On (Atco 6495) #65
This is the heavy version of the Supremes’ hit, which is closer to Dave Dee & Co’s interpretation in 2008, although they didn’t slow it down that much. Vanilla Fudge would enter the US Top Ten (#6) with this cover when re-released in August 1968 (on Atco 6590).
Single release: The Beatles – All You Need Is Love (Parlophone 5620)
This probably had a direct influence on the writing of “Zabadak”, both by its theme of “Love, Love, Love” which Howard Blaikley were mocking; and by the fact it was premiered on the first live global television programme: “Our World” on June 25th. Hence the kind of Esperanto chosen to sing “Zabadak” in an “international” language.
BBC Transcription Disc: Top Of The Pops #136, Kensington House, London, England
Okay / Here’s A Heart / He’s A Raver [Recorded in 1967]
Tracks: 1.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich: Okay; 2.Eric Burdon & The Animals: When I Was Young; 3.The Fortunes: Waterloo Sunset; 4.Peter & Gordon: The Jokers; 5.The Cream: Strange Brew; 6.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich: Here’s a Heart; 7.Eric Burdon & The Animals: The Same Thing; 8.The Cream: Tales of Brave Ulysses; 9.Peter & Gordon: Legend in my Time; 10.The Fortunes: Just Another Dream; 11.Eric Burdon & The Animals: See See Rider; 12.Peter & Gordon: Sunday For Tea; 13.The Cream: We’re Going Wrong; 14.Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich: He’s a Raver. Hosted by Brian Matthew. [Expiry date: 6/01/68]
This disc is dated Week 27, 1967. Tenth participation for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in the syndicated radio program “Top of the Pops”, with “Here’s a Heart” the only new track.
(USA) Billboard July 8, 1967 page 4: Acts Go Better With Coke as More Names Gain Exposure
Atlanta – The Coca-Cola Co., with an eye on the teen market, is cutting more “youth radio commercials”starring recognized pop artists. The latest of these was released June 29.
Richard Harvey, vice-president and brand manager of Coca-Cola, said the commercials inject product action “where the action is … in this growing under-25 soft drink market.”
Sandy Posey and the Young Rascals are the latest names added to the list of stars singing the praises of Coke. Others already utilized include the Supremes, Drifters, Nancy Sinatra, Roy Orbison, the Fortunes, Los Bravos, Petula Clark, Ray Charles, Lesley Gore, Lee Dorsey, the Vogues, Troggs, Joe Tex and the New Vaudeville Band.
The use of teen talent has paid off with awards. Clio statuettes honored the series of youth radio commercials with two first prizes. Several other regional and national awards were presented.
The original jingle of “Things Go Better With Coke” was recorded by the Limeliters. Still utilizing the same theme, it has given talent some of the broadest radio exposure it has ever enjoyed. DJ’s report a deluge of requests to play the commercials and requests for copies of transcriptions.
The teen-appeal campaign was created by William Backer, vice-president of McCann-Erickson, Inc.
Sport: British road racing cyclist Tom Simpson died of exhaustion on the Tour de France. He was champion of Great Britain, and internationally famous: it was the first serious case of drugs overdose.
Fabulous 208: It’s O.K. by Dee
Dave Dee, whose Okay brought a touch of the Orient into the hit parade, was being frightfully British the other day at Ascot races.
Dressed in the usual topper and tails, his sartorial splendour caught the eye of Her Majesty The Queen. “Good afternoon, ma’am,” said Dave, doffing his topper.
“Yes, I know your face,” replied Her Majesty, and sailed off regally.
Fame at last.
“Keeping steps with that restless rapid music seasons come dancing and pass away – colours, tunes and perfumes pour in endless cascades in the abounding joy that scatters and gives up and dies every moment.”
– Tagore (1912, in India).
“If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” That’s a saying – though not, I think, an Eastern one – that must have been running through Dave Dee’s mind when the group recorded the strongly Russian Influenced Okay. Dave decided the song needed a cossack dance background for stage and television appearances – and he volunteered as the dancer!
So Dave went East – well, South-East, anyway, to Beckenham in Kent, where he found Russian dancing teacher Madame Zabina. And he was so hung-up on the idea, he’d hired himself a complete set of Russian gear, banking on a month-long dancing course.
But after the first lesson, Madame Z pronounced he’d learnt all he needed to know! Mind you, it was some lesson – Dave started at ten in the morning and hopped, stooped and jumped right through the day till gone five in the evening.
So how did he feel next day? Well, let’s just say all Dave’s plans for that day went West. . . !
Captions: (Pass mouse over the picture to see the second part)
1 First step to Russian dancing – Madame Z. shows Dave how to cross his arms. This was just the start of a ten hour lesson!
2 Dave looking all confident, professional and Cossack-y. You should have seen him the next day – he couldn’t even walk!
3 Expression comes into Russian Dancing, too. Dave’s earned him a present from Madame – a little Russian doll he keeps as a mascot.
4 Dave’s jumps a la Russian were okay by Madame Zabina. “He’s the best client I’ve ever had – he learns so quickly”, she said.
(USA) Billboard July 15, 1967 page 16: CHART Spotlights – Predicted to reach the HOT 100 Chart
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – Okay (Spectorious, BMI). Fontana 1591
TV Performance: Rendezvous am Rhein, Süd West Funk, Baden-Baden, Deutschland (8:15-9:00 pm)
Presented by Albert Raisner, with Hildegard Knef, Sylvie Vartan, Wencke Myhre, Michel Polnareff, Peter und Su und die Swiss Folklore, Graham Bonney, Patrik West, Jean Claude Darnal and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Okay, Touch Me Touch Me, He’s A Raver)
Stars from all over Europe are filmed performing on a boat cruisin’ down the Rhine (Episode 5)
An Associate Production from German, French, Swiss and Austrian Television [Taped on 6-8/06/67]
Album release: The Pretty Things – “Emotions” LP (Fontana STL 5425)
Death of A Socialite/Children/The Sun/There Will Never Be Another Day/House of Ten/Out In the Night/One Long Glance/Growing In My Mind/Photographer/Bright Lights of the City/ Tripping/My Time
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich producer Steve Rowland was assigned the task to produce The Pretty Things’ last LP for Fontana Records. The result was a controversial album, which the group disowned but still, contains some great tracks reminiscing their view of the Summer Of Love. The arrangements were done by Reg Tilsley, who would collaborate again with Steve Rowland for the Dave Dee & Co. “If No-One Sang” Album.
TV Show: Beat-Club 22, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)
Host: Uschi Nerke (4:45-5:15 pm)
Guests included The Herd: I Can Fly (taped outdoors & inside studio), and Dave Davies
Blenheim Park, Woodstock, Oxon, Oxfordshire, England (4:00 pm)
Manfred Mann, The Jeff Beck Group, P.P. Arnold & Her Nice, Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
Summer Festival at the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were on the bill (see NME June 24), but don’t appear on the poster advertising the event.
(Germany) Bravo n°31 pages 34-37: Die Ton-Kosaken spielen Balalaika (Double Page Poster)
|BRAVO interview||English translation|
|Dave Dee & Co bringen ihren Hit „Okay” mit russischem Sound
„Hold Tight!” Wißt ihr noch? Im April 1966 betraten die „Unaussprechlichen” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich mit diesem Song die Beatbühne. Sie waren nicht nur eine musikalische Sensation, sie stachen auch ins Auge. Es war, als ob Picasso Lust verspürt hätte, Beat zu malen. DDDBM&T sahen aus wie eine Mischung zwischen Clowns und Papageien. [...]
Mit ihrem farbenprächtigen Beat-Aufzug ziehen die fünf Hitmacher seit „Hold tight” im Triumphzug um die Welt. Auf einen Knüller folgt ein Superknüller. Das ist ihr Geschäftsprinzip. Beweise: „Hideaway”, „Bend it”, „Hard to love you”, „Save me” und „Touch me, touch me”. Und für jeden Hit stricken Dave Dee und seine Mannen gratis eine andere Masche. „Bend it” war ein Ausflug ins sonnendurchglühte Griechenland mit Sirtaki-Klängen. Und mit „Okay”, ihrer neuen Super-Beat-Bombe, überspringen sie sogar den Eisernen Vorhang: Balalaika-Töne und der Rhythmus von Kosakentänzen schimmern durch den Beat. Warum diese musikalische Weltreise mit Spezialitäten?
BRAVO sprach mit Dave Dee, dem Boß der „Unaussprechlichen”.
BRAVO: Euer neuer Song „Okay” klingt so russisch?
|Dave Dee & Co bring their hit “Okay” with a Russian sound
“Hold Tight!” Do you remember? In April 1966, the “Unpronounceable” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich stepped onto the Beat stage with that song. Not only were they a musical sensation, but they also caught the eye. It was as if Picasso had felt like painting Beat Music. DDDBM&T looked a cross between clowns and parrots. [...]
In their multi-coloured Beat outfits, the five hitmakers travel triumphantly around the world since “Hold tight”. One success follows another super hit. That is their business principle. Proof: “Hideaway”, “Bend it”, “Hard to love you”, “Save me” and “Touch me, touch me.” And for each hit, Dave Dee and his Men concoct another free recipe. “Bend it” was an excursion in sun-drenched Greece with sirtaki sound. And for “Okay”, their new super Beat bomb, they even jump over the Iron Curtain: Balalaika tunes and the rhythm of Cossack dances are shimmering across the Beat. Why these musical travels across the world with specialties?
Bravo talked to Dave Dee, boss of the “Unpronounceable.”
BRAVO: Your new song “Okay” sounds Russian?
(France) Les rockers n°2 page 5: Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (+ Double Page Poster)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick et Tich sont cinq jeunes anglais âgés de 22 à 23 ans qui ont enregistré coup sur coup toute une série de succès. Pourtant, jusqu’à leur titre “Save Me”, je ne les prenais pas tellement au sérieux. J’appréciais leurs disques mais, de leur nom bizarre à leurs costumes de scène abominables, je les trouvais farfelus et sans grand avenir. Leur carrière semblait basée sur des gimmicks, c’est-à-dire des idées, des trucs amusants qui accrochent. Par exemple la musique de leur premier succès “Hold Tight” était l’adaptation (si l’on peut dire!) d’un refrain sportif, le rythme que scande le public pour encourager le Liverpool Football Club, favori en Angleterre depuis sa victoire internationale. En fait il s’agit de notre ancien “Let’s Go”… J’ai beaucoup ri la première fois que j’ai entendu “Bend It” qui était véritablement la version anglaise du sirtaki. Et puis, j’ai entendu “Save Me”, je les ai vus sur scène et j’ai trouvé qu’ils avaient un talent fou, et que Dave Dee était un chanteur-né, pas spécialement à cause de sa voix, mais plutôt à cause du magnétisme qu’il dégage. En dehors de ça, pour les interviewer, c’est un véritable sport! Jamais je n’avais connu un entretien aussi pénible! J’ai d’abord dû encaisser les réponses les plus idiotes que j’ai jamais entendues : “Moi? J’ai 64 ans” – “Où suis-je né? Mais dans ma maman voyons!” Dave Dee, lui, me promettait que si j’osais lui poser des questions il m’embarrasserait tellement que j’en deviendrai écarlate… Je dois avouer qu’il y a parfaitement réussi d’ailleurs. [...] Catherine Claude
Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, London W1, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich supported by The Nite People
NME n°1072: Dave Dee – Pilot
Dave Dee logged over 20 hours of flying time in his Piper Cherokee at Weyhill Flying School, Andover, this week. He will shortly be taking the written examination necessary to obtain his full flying licence.
(USA) Billboard July 29, 1967 page 37: New Action Albums
These new albums, not yet on Billboard’s Top LP’s Chart, have been reported getting strong sales action by dealers in major markets.
Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s Greatest Hits.
Fontana MGS 27567 (M); SRS 67567 (S) (498-27567-3; 498-67567-5)
Page 52: Billboard Hits Of The World
BRITAIN (Courtesy Record Retailer)
36 (19) Okay – Dave Dee, etc. (Fontana) – Lynn-Steve Rowland
9 (–) Okay – Dave Dee & Co. (Fontana) – Lynn
4 (5) Okay – Dave Dee & Co. (Star-Club) – Lynn Music
3 (7) Okay – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Fontana) Impala/Basart
4 (9) Okay – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (Fontana)
City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich supported by The Chances-R
(Germany) Bravo n°32 page 72: Bravo international
Was tun Popstars, wenn sie 64 sind?
Dozy (Dave Dee & Co.): “Ich würde gerne auf einem netten Bauernhof leben und meine Ruhe und ein dickes Bankkonto haben.” (Aus “Disc and Music Echo”)
31 Jul-4 Aug.
Radio Show: Swingalong, BBC Light, London, England (2:00-4:15 pm)
With Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. Pete Myers delivers a daily package of popular music with top artists in the studio all the week from Monday to Saturday and a round of records
July/Aug. 67 ?
Beat ’67 Festival, Energiehallen, Rotterdam, Holland
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Small Faces, Whistling Jack Smith, The Spencer Davis Group, Sandie Shaw and The Outsiders